Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Patent number: 8346074
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method for focusing a miniature camera includes applying a signal to an actuator in the camera, moving a MEMS stage movably supported by one or more flexures in response to the application of the signal, moving a lens in response to the moving of the MEMS stage, and limiting movement of the MEMS stage to substantially one degree of freedom corresponding to an optical axis of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS
    Inventors: Roman C. Gutierrez, Robert J. Calvet, Darrell Harrington, Guiqin Wang, Kumaraswamy Jayaraj
  • Patent number: 8344471
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a substrate having a bonding pad region and a non-bonding pad region. A relatively large via, called a “big via,” is formed on the substrate in the bonding region. The big via has a first dimension in a top view toward the substrate. The integrated circuit also includes a plurality of vias formed on the substrate in the non-bonding region. The plurality of vias each have a second dimension in the top view, the second dimension being substantially less than the first dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Uway Tseng, Lin-June Wu, Yu-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8343872
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of fabricating that includes providing a semiconductor substrate; forming a gate structure on the substrate; performing an implantation process to form a doped region in the substrate; forming spacers on sidewalls of the gate structure; performing an first etching to form a recess in the substrate, where the first etching removes a portion of the doped region; performing a second etching to expand the recess in the substrate, where the second etching includes an etchant and a catalyst that enhances an etching rate at a remaining portion of the doped region; and filling the recess with a semiconductor material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsueh-Chang Sung, Hsien-Hsin Lin, Kuan-Yu Chen, Chien-Chang Su, Tsz-Mei Kwok, Yi-Fang Pai
  • Patent number: 8344513
    Abstract: A system and a method for protecting through-silicon vias (TSVs) is disclosed. An embodiment comprises forming an opening in a substrate. A liner is formed in the opening and a barrier layer comprising carbon or fluorine is formed along the sidewalls and bottom of the opening. A seed layer is formed over the barrier layer, and the TSV opening is filled with a conductive filler. Another embodiment includes a barrier layer formed using atomic layer deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Hua Yu, Wen-Chih Chiou, Weng-Jin Wu
  • Patent number: 8345234
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and methodologies for providing self-calibration in an optical analysis system. Illumination light is directed toward a material to be sampled while provisions are made to modify the characteristics of at least a portion of the illumination light falling on a reference detector. The modified characteristics may include light presence and/or spectral characteristics. Light presence may be modified by rotating or moving mirror assemblies to cause light to fall on either a sample detector or a reference detector while spectral characteristics may be modified by placing materials having known spectral characteristics in the path of the illumination light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Myrick, Robert P. Freese, David L. Perkins
  • Patent number: 8345261
    Abstract: A digitized image of an object may include representations of portions of the object that are obscured, occluded or otherwise unobservable. The image may be a multi-dimensional visual representation of dentition. Characteristics of the dentition and its surfaces, contours, and shape may be determined and/or analyzed. A light may be directed toward and reflected from the dentition. The reflected light may be combined with a reference to determine characteristics of the dentition, including obscured areas such as subgingival tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: D4D Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Quadling, Henley S. Quadling, Alan Blair
  • Patent number: 8344506
    Abstract: An integrated circuit device is disclosed. An exemplary integrated circuit device includes a first copper layer, a second copper layer, and an interface between the first and second copper layers. The interface includes a flat zone interface region and an intergrowth interface region, wherein the flat zone interface region is less than or equal to 50% of the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Lin, Chung-Shi Liu, Chen-Hua Yu
  • Patent number: 8347140
    Abstract: A method and system of checkpointing single process application groups and multi-process application groups. In an exemplary embodiment, the method may include creating at least one full checkpoint for each application in an application group, and creating at least one incremental application checkpoint for each application in the application group. Further, each of the at least one incremental application checkpoint may be automatically merged against a corresponding full application checkpoint. Further, checkpointing may be synchronized across all applications in the application group. In the exemplary embodiment, each application may use both fork( ) and exec( ) in any combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventors: Keith Richard Backensto, Allan Havemose
  • Patent number: 8345251
    Abstract: A gas sensor uses optical interferents in a porous thin film cell to measure the refractive index of the pore medium. As the medium within the pores changes, spectral variations can be detected. For example, as the pores are filled with a solution, the characteristic peaks exhibit a spectral shift in one direction. Conversely, when tiny amounts of gas are produced, the peaks shift in the opposite direction. This can be used to measure gas evolution, humidity and for applications for other interferometric-based sensing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Myrick, Paul G. Miney, Maria V. Schiza
  • Patent number: 8343789
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system of fabricating a microstructure device with an improved anchor. A method of fabricating a microstructure device with an improved anchor includes providing a substrate and forming an oxide layer on the substrate. Then, a cavity is etched in the oxide layer, such that the cavity includes a sidewall in the oxide layer. A microstructure device layer is then bonded to the oxide layer over the cavity. Forming a microstructure device, a trench is etched in the device layer to define an outer boundary of the microstructure device. In an embodiment, the outer boundary is substantially outside of the sidewall of the cavity. Then, the sidewall of the cavity is etched away through the trench in the device layer, to thereby suspend the microstructure device over the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Hsien Lin, Chun-Wen Cheng, Chia-Hua Chu, Yi Heng Tsai
  • Patent number: 8343142
    Abstract: An arrangement for carrying out surgical laser treatments of the eye is adapted to emit pulsed treatment radiation with a wavelength of between about 190 nm and about 380 nm and a pulse duration in the femtosecond range. Such treatment radiation allows nonaggressive corneal or intraocular laser treatment of the eye, for example in order to make corneal cuts or deliberately ablate corneal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Wavelight AG
    Inventors: Karsten König, Ronan Le Harzic, Christian Wüllner, Christof Donitzky
  • Patent number: 8336403
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pipette tip having a support and a fluid enclosed therein, an apparatus for treating the pipette tip having a support and a fluid enclosed therein, and a method of treating the pipette tip having a support and a fluid enclosed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Bio Research Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hideji Tajima
  • Patent number: 8341421
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of enrolling potential system users for a biometric system for identity verification. Potential system user information is entered into the system, either by the user or a system operator, and is stored as a partially-enabled user record. The user of a partially-enabled user record fully enables the record by presenting information previously stored in the user record and presenting the remainder of user information necessary to complete record activation. Enrollment data is used to authenticate the system user's identity and authorize related transaction accesses in a biometric system for identity verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLP
    Inventors: Timothy L. Robinson, Bradford R. Schildt, Tennille V. Gott, Mark B. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8341404
    Abstract: Included in the present disclosure are a system, method and program of instructions operable to protect vital information by combining information about a user and what they are allowed to see with information about essential files that need to be protected on an information handling system. Using intelligent security rules, essential information may be encrypted without encrypting the entire operating system or application files. According to aspects of the present disclosure, shared data, user data, temporary files, paging files, the password hash that is stored in the registry, and data stored on removable media may be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Credant Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Burchett, Jason Jaynes, Bryan Chin, David Consolver
  • Patent number: 8338207
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device includes forming a substrate, forming a moveable member of bulk silicon and forming a first dimple structure on a first surface of the moveable member, where the first surface faces the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Pao Shu, Chia-Hua Chu
  • Patent number: 8338008
    Abstract: An electrolyte for a flow cell battery is provided. The electrolyte includes a concentration of chromium ions that is greater than the concentration of iron ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Deeya Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Ge Zu, Majid Keshavarz
  • Patent number: 8338917
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of fabricating a semiconductor device, the method including providing a substrate having a seal ring region and a circuit region, forming a first seal ring structure over the seal ring region, forming a second seal ring structure over the seal ring region and adjacent to the first seal ring structure, and forming a first passivation layer disposed over the first and second seal ring structures. A semiconductor device fabricated by such a method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Wen-De Wang, Shu-Ting Tsai
  • Patent number: 8340892
    Abstract: An onboard system and method for determining the instantaneous weight and balance of an aircraft simply, reliably, accurately, and requiring a minimum amount of calibration includes a memory for storing previously determined breakout friction data of the aircraft's landing gear shock struts, sensors for sensing the pressures in the struts, the vertical loads exerted by the landing gear on the aircraft, and the attitude of the aircraft relative to the horizontal during loading or unloading thereof, and a computer for computing the vertical load in each of the landing gears from the stored calibration breakout friction data and the shock strut pressures, landing gear vertical loads and aircraft attitude sensed during the loading or unloading. The computer then computes the gross weight of the aircraft and the location of its center of gravity (CG) using the computed vertical loads in the landing gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Long, Geoffrey E. Gouette
  • Patent number: 8340060
    Abstract: A femtocell increases efficiency and coverage of a macrocellular network operating in a co-channel manner within the macrocell spectrum by selecting subcarriers for its mobile station using both the subcarrier allocation map received from the macrocell and a spectrum sensing operation. Interference is avoided by selecting only subcarriers not allocated by the macrocell and subcarriers allocated to users not nearby to the femtocell. Interference is eliminated from the received signals using co-channel interference avoidance techniques. Selection of subcarriers for femtocell use may take into consideration inter-carrier interference detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa Emin Sahin, Huseyin Arslan, Ismail Guvenc, Moo Ryong Jeong
  • Patent number: 8340387
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for an image preprocessing device that automatically detects chestwall laterality; removes border artifacts; and segments breast tissue and pectoral muscle from digital mammograms. The algorithms in the preprocessing device utilize the computer cache, a vertical Sobel filter and a probabilistic Hough transform to detect curved edges. The preprocessing result, along with a pseudo-modality normalized image, can be used as input to a CAD (computer-aided detection) server or to a mammography image review workstation. In the case of workstation input, the preprocessing results improve the protocol for chestwall-to-chestwall image hanging, and support optimal image contrast display of each segmented region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Three Palm Software
    Inventors: Heidi Daoxian Zhang, Patrick Bernard Heffernan